Corn on the Cob Season, Elotes, and my Grandma in law

I confess I have no great love for corn on the cob. It gets stuck in my teeth, corn juice smears all over my face, and I couldn’t understand why we didn’t just cut it off with a knife. The worst part was when I discovered corn was a starch, which meant it wasn’t as good-for-me as other veggies. For everyone else, it seemed like a treat, but I just couldn’t see it.

Then came the season in my life when Husband lived with his grandma, J, while he and I were dating. My weekends would be spent at her house, watching her and her neighbors as they gestured wildly at the TV during football games. We’d play charades, we’d go to pumpkin festivals, we’d stay up late chatting and eating all manner of food. J declared “fondue night” one time, and we spent the whole evening out of the back porch, dunking foods in chocolate or cheese. It was a delicious time, and I cannot really think about it without missing it.

J’s porch was where I found a way to like corn on the cob. She’d boiled up some ears, and she told me that there was a way to make it called “elotes” – it’s a preparation that is popular in Mexico. They make the corn then cover it in butter, mayonnaise, spicy chili powder, cilantro and a dash of parmesan or feta, and sure enough, with just a little of this awesome flavoring, I was able to see why corn was so popular. I didn’t mind getting messy, or having corn stuck in my teeth. It might have been the corn itself, I suppose, but it also might have been the excellent company as the sun went down over the house and J stoked the fire in the chimenea on the porch.

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7 comments on “Corn on the Cob Season, Elotes, and my Grandma in law

  1. Kate Lester says:

    One of summer’s great gifts. Anyone who buys corn on the cob in a grocery store has never eaten corn on the cob

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  2. Ritika Sahni says:

    I love corn on the cob! Back in India, we strip off the husk and grill the corn on heated coals. Once done, we season it with lime juice, pink salt and red chilli powder and eat while its hot! The smoky flavor is to die for!!

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  3. Ladybuggz says:

    I went out and got corn on the cob today in preparation for your post! I think I’ll try it…now I got my front tooth fixed!! lol… 🙂 T.

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  4. Growing corn, for me, has always been like trying to nail Jello to a tree. It’s just impossible. But I live in a rural area so the people who can grow corn always have some out on their produce stands for shamefully low prices. And they’ll accept an IOU if I pass by and desperately need corn on the cob because I noticed it and have no cash on me. I could live on the stuff!

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